Link achieves Investors in Young People and Investors in People Gold accreditation

Link has achieved the double success of Investors in Young People and Investors in People Gold Accreditation. Link is only the 6th organisation in Scotland to achieve this double accolade.

Investors in Young People is the only people-management standard that focuses on an employer’s recruitment and retention of young people. This represents a true commitment to the training and development of young people and demonstrates Link Group as an employer of choice for young people.

Launched in July 2014, Investors in Young People originated through a key recommendation from the Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce, led by Sir Ian Wood. The accreditation is offered to all businesses across Scotland and exists to recognise and support organisations across Scotland in the employment of young people.

With interest from over 150 organisations, Link is just the 27th organisation to achieve the Investors in Young People award, and only the 5th Registered Social Landlord in Scotland. The 27 organisations which are IIYP accredited employ over 1,000 young people. Achieving Gold level Investors in People accreditation meanwhile puts Link in the top 7% of all IIP accredited clients.

Commenting on the award, Roy Stirrat Link Group Chair said, “We are delighted not only to retain our Investors in People Gold award but also to be accredited as an Investor in Young People. This is recognition of our commitment to the training and development of our staff and shows that Link is an employer of choice for young people.”

Peter Russian, Chief Executive of Investors in People Scotland, said “I’m delighted that Link has achieved IIYP and IIP Gold accreditation. To see over 1,000 young people working in IIYP accredited organisations in such a short space since the launch date is testimony of the appeal, rigour and value that organisations across Scotland are putting on the award. We now have organisations accredited in nearly every geographical part of Scotland covering the private, public and third sector.” 

He continued: “To have done this at the same time as gaining IIP Gold accreditation is fantastic. This puts Link in the top 7% of all accredited clients and is a marvellous achievement. I’d like to congratulate the whole team on its accomplishment.”